The original movie trilogy of The Lord of the Rings reportedly lacked diversity. The Southern Poverty Law Center promoted an editorial that complained it had too many “manly men who were whiter than white” and “Anglo-Saxon.”
Don’t worry. Amazon’s new version will have plenty of affirmative action elves.
One of the commonly cited issues with Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings series from the early 2000s is its lack of diversity, but it looks like that's about to change. pic.twitter.com/63sIztXp4V
— GameSpot (@GameSpot) October 13, 2021
The original book author, J.R.R. Tolkein, was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. He wrote books about Middle-Earth to give the English a mythology of their own.
Today, even the name “Anglo-Saxon” has been “canceled” at Cambridge, as the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists renamed itself the International Society for the Study of Early Medieval England. “It has long been recognized [by whom?] that the term ‘Anglo-Saxonist’ is problematic,” the group said.
The J.R.R. Tolkein Society held a seminar this year to discuss themes of “transgenderism,” “diversity,” “anti-racism” and other topics. Essentially, the mythology Tolkein wrote for the British will be turned on its head.
Films like Black Panther are important because they give blacks a positive vision of themselves, but The Lord of the Rings is dangerous because it did the same thing for whites.
Whites must have nothing for themselves. A South African education official said this about Orania: “It will go” even if people “scream and shout.”
Gauteng MEC for education Panyaza Lesufi has again expressed his stance on Orania, saying it "will go". https://t.co/7wjJp44Lba
— Times LIVE (@TimesLIVE) October 12, 2021
South Africa has many problems, most recently riots. The education official might worry about South Africa’s woeful level of reading ability, which is one of the lowest in the world. Instead, he can’t stand the thought of a booming, whites-only town in his country.
There was a minor Twitter controversy when some leftists decided to cancel Clint Eastwood for mocking an attempt by one “Sacheen Littlefeather” to lecture an audience about how to portray American Indians.
1973: Native American actor Sacheen Littlefeather boo'd (and cheered) by Hollywood at the Oscars before being mocked by Clint Eastwood and almost physically assaulted by John Wayne simply for asking that Indigenous people not to be dehumanized in film.pic.twitter.com/BgOiuBq4hR
— raf (@rafaelshimunov) October 11, 2021
Miss “Littlefeather” has half-“Native” status. Her birth name was Marie Louise Cruz. White foster parents raised her. The “native” part comes from her father, who reportedly was an alcoholic who beat his white wife and children. Like Barack Obama, she identified with her more exotic part.
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No immigrant has taken your job. You were laid off by a capitalist who required cheap labor and took advantage of that immigrant to increase his profits, and nothing makes him happier than to hear you blame the immigrant and not him.
— mohamad safa (@mhdksafa) October 9, 2021
He doesn’t understand that we are far angrier at the capitalist and the government that doesn’t enforce the law than we are at hapless scabs imported to undercut the labor market.
“The Great Replacement” again. Suddenly the New York Times understands elections are a racial head count.
— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) October 14, 2021
The ADL wants a discussion about race.
We cannot let anti-Critical Race Theory laws prevent educators from teaching about important topics like race & racism through the lens of children’s literature. We need more diverse books on the shelves of our school libraries, not less. https://t.co/eBz3f33JGk
— ADL (@ADL) October 13, 2021
I have some books we could add.
Author John Scalzi:
I can't help but think the fantasy of white persecution is rooted in bigoted white people's utter certainty that, given the chance, everyone else in the world would treat white people exactly as shittily as white people have treated them.https://t.co/CdO7qMUcgq
— John Scalzi (@scalzi) October 12, 2021
I don’t think that if white people become a minority, we would get affirmative action, sovereign status as independent tribal “nations,” or set asides and special protections from the federal government.
Nikki Fried is a Democrat agriculture commissioner challenging Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
The lessons of Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Haiti, Honduras, and El Salvador are all a part of the tapestry that make our state such a shining example—and a warning of what’s at stake unless we reclaim our democracy now.
— Nikki Fried (@NikkiFried) October 12, 2021
What is the lesson? The Spanish-language article accuses Governor DeSantis of “spew[ing] xenophobic rhetoric” and threatening democracy itself. The lesson of those countries is that when you import their people, you import their way of life. Instead of reclaiming “our democracy,” it would be nice if Americans could reclaim Florida. We fought hard for it.
As for this one, I can’t tell if it is satire or not.
Out of curiosity I looked at the rest of this post…. the response from the parent is almost more concerning than the list alone. Yikes. pic.twitter.com/tRFgkzIz7m
— Kip Finn (@finn_kip) October 14, 2021
The NAACP has found a red flag:
“I don’t have a racist bone in my body” 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩
— NAACP (@NAACP) October 13, 2021
Don’t bother denying you are racist. It does you no good anyway. Don’t join a church that offers no salvation.
Some reliable favorites:
Save this screenshot. pic.twitter.com/iSQzNKSzXn
— Michael Harriot (@michaelharriot) October 12, 2021
The American right is banning books, chilling teachers’ free speech and plotting to steal the 2024 election and combine with far right militias and white nationalists to install Donald Trump as a decrepit American autocrat, with violence if necessary. I wish that was hyperbole.
— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) October 10, 2021
Dear white people: Keep ANY talk about Asians out of your damn mouths if you think you’re gonna try to use us as ANY KIND of wedge against our Black and brown friends and neighbors. This shit will not be tolerated and you will be shut the fuck down.
— Nick Chboo 👻🎃 (@NickCho) October 9, 2021
We aren’t the ones attacking Asians. If Asians are willing to be attacked because they think it somehow hurts white people, that’s their business.
We have been taught to understand the US as a democracy that formed from Europeans fleeing persecution and overthrowing their king. The historical reality of the US forming from a series of slave colonies & a govt-sanctioned genocide against the Indigenous is largely suppressed.
— Vaccinated💉Masked😷Praying for the World🙏🏾✝️ (@BreeNewsome) October 1, 2021
Suppressed? That’s all we ever hear, along with Trail of Tears, Martin Luther King, and Japanese internment camps. Any real knowledge about what our people built you have to learn on your own time.
Me personally, I would not play baseball with people who support white domestic terrorists who came to my office to try to kill me.
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) September 30, 2021
Remember the time a few years ago when a socialist tried to murder Republican congressmen playing ball, and wounded Rep. Steve Scalise? You would think a mass assassination attempt would have been a big deal, but it’s been almost forgotten.
Let’s talk about racism! Most white people at prestigious magazines don’t ever want to talk about race or diversity at all. Why? It's primarily because they’ve been allowed to exist in a world where their mastheads resemble member registries at Southern country clubs circa 1950..
— Erin Overbey (@erinoverbey) September 14, 2021
Republicans AND Democrats are racist.
Dallas AND Brooklyn are racist.
White men AND women are racist.
White supremacy knows no bounds and it is exhausting listening to white people creating artificial ones to evade accountability.
— saira rao (@sairasameerarao) September 28, 2021
It’s exhausting, all right.
Most people like where they live. This is a problem if you want integration.
Reforming the suburban American housing system is key to solving problems like segregation and climate change. But the process will be difficult, as single-family neighborhoods are America’s predominant form of living and homeowners broadly enjoy them. https://t.co/V94eJzY3sJ
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 8, 2021
Solving the problem of segregation will end climate change?
Finally, while I don’t agree with Karen (a slur against white women), this is the way some people really act.
🚨 Crazy Karen & BLM activist films herself harassing all her neighbors. Insane pic.twitter.com/kPwFnnFVJS
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) October 13, 2021
Some of our opponents are literally insane. We won’t persuade them with facts.